January 2011

Tulowitzki will be honored tonight

Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki has a new contract, not to mention a new, buzzier haircut. He said last week he kept mullet he grew for charity last year, and hadn’t decided whether to auction off those locks for charity.

Baseball fans in the Santa Clara area will get to see Tulowtizki’s new look up close.

Tulowitzki will be honored at tonight’s Santa Clara Hot Stove Banquet.

Here is a link to more information.

Vargas, White look to rebound with Rox

Right-hander Claudio Vargas and left-hander Sean White each will try to bounce back from difficult 2010 seasons with the Rockies this year. Both have agreed to terms on Minor League contracts with invitations to Major League Spring Training.

Vargas, 32, posted a 1.78 ERA in 28 relief appearances for the Brewers in 2009, but had a 7.32 ERA in 17 games with the Brewers last season before the club cut ties with him. Vargas is 48-40 with a 4.83 ERA in 217 Major League games, including 114 starts, with the Expos, D-backs, Brewers, Mets and Dodgers.

White, who turns 30 on April 25, achieved a 2.80 ERA in 52 appearances for the Mariners in 2009 but saw that number balloon to 5.24 with the Mariners last season.

The pair will compete for bullpen jobs and add depth.

Delay is not denial, CarGo publicists insists

Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez will travel from Venezuela to Denver on Sunday, rather than Wednesday as previously announced, according to tweets from his publicists. The tweets say he will receive the visa on Wednesday. But there has been no change in his plan to take a physical and make official the seven-year, $80 million contract he has agreed to with the Rockies.

Travel delays or last-minute logistical changes are no big deal. If you recall, players from Latin American countries often are delayed by visa issues when they try to make the trip to the U.S.